In the beginning, I had an idea.
This idea became dreams, day dreams, and conversations with anyone who would listen. This idea became words on a page, words on a screen. Pinterest boards. Playlists. Maps drawn on napkins and names taken from Facebook pages and baby names books.
I sat in cafes and holiday homes and on my own bed, typing and rattling my brain until last week, I mother. fucking. FINISHED IT.
My WIP, currently titled …’WIP’, stands at 100,500 words and is what I also like to call my baby. It’s this giant fat file that sits in my documents as well as on a USB. And here is tip number one that you should follow no matter what stage you’re at in getting published:
1# KEEP COPIES OF YOUR NOVEL
Save, save and save. Keep it on multiple devices. The other day, my laptop decided to show me a blue screen of death with a sad face (yes, really), which told me my computer had crashed and that they were trying to fix it. As a writer who had never backed up her stories before, my heart stopped beating. I felt the cold grip of death that morning.
Until, of course, it fixed itself and I backed that shit up about 1000 times. Drama over. Real, professional life begins.
In this series, I’ll be documenting my journey to getting published. It will be silly, rambly, and have some advice that you can listen to if you want. Disclaimer: I have never been published, nor do I have wonderful wisdom about the publishing industry. This is about my bumps in the road, and how you, a beautiful writer, can be prepared for them. Posts will sometimes be words of comfort, and sometimes be practical things you need to remember when writing letters and approaching important people with the power to make your novel a reality.
The first step is to have a finished product that you wish to publish. That is not something I can help you with; and idea has to be your own, the words have to be your own, and the passion? That’s all got to come from you. So, if you’ve got something, even just a flicker of a story, then GET WRITING.
Writing is great. Painful and hard, but great nonetheless. It’s what I love doing, and what I’ll always love doing. And who, when has this passion for something, turns away the opportunity to get paid for doing it? I am imagining it now, the thought of waking up and getting excited about going to work.
Anyway, enough of dreaming, it’s time to work.